Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) (or Asian Pacific American [APA]) Heritage Month is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean our support of the Asian community has to end. Here are 10 Asian American interior designers, DIYers, home decor bloggers and content creators to follow on Instagram. (And bonus: one Asian Canadian!)
Joy Cho | @ohjoy
What started in 2005 as a graphic design studio, Oh Joy! is now a lifestyle brand and design company led by its founder and creative director Joy Cho. Joy’s “fempire” includes being named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and having licensed products with Target, Band-Aid, Calpak, Petco, Keds and more. Her house and studio have been featured in House Beautiful, Parents, and Domino magazines.
Dabito | @dabito
As the founder and mastermind behind Old Brand New, a creative studio specializing in design, art direction, branding, photography and brand partnerships, Dabito is a blogger, photographer, artist, decor guru, and passionate vintage hunter. Based in Los Angeles, Dabito helps his clients “Dabify” their homes and believes they should “own” their living spaces even if they don’t own their homes.
Jonathan Rachman | @jonathanrachmandesign
Born in Sumatra, Indonesia, Jonathan Rachman is a San Francisco-based celebrity interior designer. He was recently named one of America’s Top Designers, and his work has been published in ELLE Decor, Vogue, The English Home, Travel + Leisure, Harper’s Bazaar, Dolce, House Beautiful and Luxe among others.
Gladys Tay | @thegladystay
A wildly talented designer and art dealer, Gladys Tay originally hails from Singapore and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her well-curated home functions as an art studio, and she’s been featured in Domino, HGTV and Midwest Home. Her IGTV episodes offer incredible tips on designing and curating a well-styled home.
Mehr Niazi | @blueorchidliving
A full-time therapist by trade, Pakistani-born Mehr Niazi combines Eastern heritage with American living in her designs. Her creativity, scrappiness and painstakingly meticulous DIY process in her Richmond, Virginia home is a must-watch on her Instagram feed.
Noz Nozawa | @noznozawa
With a name so delightfully alliterative, it’s no surprise that Noz Nazawa’s designs are just as bold, whimsical and unique. Based in San Francisco, Noz was named an Architectural Digest Rising Star, House Beautiful Next Wave Designer, Sunset Magazine’s Best Designer of the West, and her work has also been featured in HGTV Magazine, ELLE Decor, and The Today Show.
James Kivior | @theprentioushome
James Kivior’s dark and moody apartment in Brooklyn, New York is a maximalist’s dream. Among the collection of taxidermied animals, wall of framed Hermѐs scarves and luxury designer goodies that fill his space, it’s no wonder that James’ Instagram account is cheekily named “The Pretentious Home.”
Michelle | @astoldbymichelle
Houston-based home decor blogger Michelle offers budget-friendly design tips from her bright and pastel-colored home. Her aesthetic is undeniably pretty and feminine, and reminiscent of a dreamy Anthropologie home catalog.
Cliff Fong | @cliffspot
Born in New York, Cliff Fong has spent the past two decades as an integral member of Los Angeles’ design community. A consultant, interior designer and owner of design firm Matt Blacke Inc., Cliff is also the director and partner of Galerie Half. His work has been featured in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and Veranda magazines.
Wendy | @thekwendyhome
The only neighbor to our north and Asian Canadian to make this list, Wendy is Ontario-based and chronicles her “adventures” in home decor on her blog and on Instagram. While her perfectly curated feed might seem far too aspirational, Wendy’s IGTV videos and Reels prove that she’s actually relatable and pretty hilarious.
Natalie Wong | @lagirl310
Hey, it’s me! If you’re reading this list, you’re probably already following me, but if not, hit that blue “follow” button! I’m a Los Angeles-based home decorator, interior stylist and vintage enthusiast, owner of Ktown Chateau, and host of IGTV series Secondhand Roadshow. I’m not here to teach you how to build a dresser, but I’ll tell you what’s truly an easy DIY (and what isn’t).